Each Week I will be posting my power rankings for the Power 5 schools and my top 10 New Years Six teams every Tuesday or Wednesday. This will be the starting point for the College Football season until the playoff race heats up and within each power ranking I will highlight a few teams in each conference.
Not much has changed in the ACC since last week, but Florida State did drop even more after barely escaping and upset run from Samford. Duke and Syracuse both interest me and we are going to see what NC State is made of this week as they take on West Virginia.
Oklahoma vs West Virginia is the overlying story in the Big 12 , but who is the next contender? Right now it is TCU in my eyes, but it can all change after this week as they host Ohio State. Also, Oklahoma State will be better understood after their intriguing match-up with Boise State this week.
Michigan State suffers their first loss and Iowa, Maryland and Minnesota are all on the rise. Nebraska also took a loss to Colorado in Week 2, but to be honest I am not really worried about the Cornhuskers because true freshman QB Adrian Martinez looks to be the real deal.
Stanford and Washington are bunched up at the top and Oregon, USC, and Arizona State are all sitting barely inside the AP Top 25. Then, there is Colorado and Utah sitting on the outside looking in, making the PAC 12 a must watch conference in the next couple weeks.
Alabama, Georgia, or Auburn? We may not know the answer until they play each-other. However, teams like LSU and Mississippi State are gunning for them and Texas A&M showed they can compete with the big dogs as they almost knocked off Clemson.
New Years Six
Boise State has the game that will determine their season this week against Oklahoma State, UCF’s game with North Carolina this week got postponed due to Hurricane danger, and Houston coming off their blowout win over Arizona faces another test as they travel to Texas Tech. The top 3 in the New Years Six will be shaken up this week and I believe the real race to see who will be playing on New Years Day starts next week. Outside of the top 3, North Texas has a winnable game against Arkansas and Marshall travels to South Carolina in a game that they are not expected to win. Lastly, the final two teams in my top 10 have evenly matched games that with a loss will take them out of the poll. Fresno State takes on UCLA and Hawaii takes on Army.